Weekend Beer Update

Enjoy some of the last of the beautiful fall weather this weekend with all sorts of fun festivals, fall beer events and even a pet costume contest in addition to the usual anniversaries and grand openings. 

Friday 19 – Saturday 20th: Multiple sessions of The Festival bring you dozens and dozens of small-batch and artisan beers from the United States and around the world. It would be impossible to try all these brews and meet so many brewers without breaking the bank and this weekend they all come together at The Rock Drill in RINO. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 19: Get into the Halloween/Day of the Dead spirit at Golden skullIntrepid Sojourner Beer Project by painting a sugar skull mug. The finished mugs will be taken to Potter’s Touch for firing and returned to you just in time for Halloween. Note: The cost for supplies and firing is $30.

Saturday 20: In preparation for Saturday sessions of The Festival, Freshcraft hosts a Fuel for the Fest brunch starting at 10:00 a.m. with special tappings to complement the tasty brunch food.

Saturday 20: Head down to Parker to check out the grand opening of Welcome Home Brewery. Details seem a little sketchy but it looks like they’ll be pouring some of their newly-crafted beers, along with having some food and a DJ.

Saturday 20: If you’re looking for somewhere more established, head up to Loveland for Crow Hop Brewing’s fifth anniversary party with at least ten wood-aged brews plus other specialty beers, a food truck and giveaways.

Saturday 20: Oktoberfest’s not done with us yet! The Real Oktoberfest Crate Brewery Beer -Brick Lane Londontakes over Glendale’s Infinity Park in combination with Olympic-qualifying women’s rugby. Starting at 1:00 p.m. grab samples from over 30 breweries before checking out the action on the field. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 20: The Brew Hut holds their annual home brew competition. Entry space is limited but they are looking for judging and stewarding volunteers.

Lit-up Halloween pumpkin with shadow vector imageSunday 21: Pumpkin mayhem hits Station 26 Brewing Co. as they celebrate all things pumpkin with beers, pies, carving, and even a bit of smashing. The brewery will supply tools and pumpkins to carve up at outdoor stations.

Sunday 21: Dress your pet for success at Bruz Beers’ pet costume party. In addition to  prizes there will be treats, swag, photos and it all benefits a good cause – MaxFund Animal Shelter. Note: This is a ticketed event for entrants.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s a smaller list of ideas this weekend, but I figure in a town like Denver there are plenty of opportunities to make your own fun at your local brewery or try something new! Check out the Brewery Guide page for some ideas.

Friday 24 – Saturday 25: Glendale host Bruises and Brews at Infinity Park featuring about 20 breweries each day along with a few ciders and liquor. The fest dates coincide with Rugbytown 7’s matches but the site makes it tough to tell whether games will take place during the fest or not. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 24: Mark Halfpenny Brewing Company’s 20170315_185333_HDRhalf-anniversary with beer releases, bands, food and giveaways. They’re rounding the corner to a full three years in February!

Saturday 25: The fourth annual Colorado Plus Brewfest BBQ Bash brings tastings from around 20 breweries plus live music and lots of pork-based goodness. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 25: Get your crowler on at the Big Can Jam in Littleton. Over 15 breweries will crowler-up their beers for your drinking pleasure, including some rare and unusual offerings. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 25: Enjoy an evening outdoors at the Castle Rock Brewfest Under the Stars, serving up pours from a number of Colorado breweries along with light food and music  from 4 to 10 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Crazy Mountain Cherry Creek Taproom

I finally found time to visit the Crazy Mountain Brewing 20170526_192655_HDRtaproom in Glendale that replaced the old World of Beer location near Colorado and Cherry Creek Dr. and it’s amazing what a quick change of beers can do for a vibe. I always found World of Beer a little cold and dead, but Crazy Mountain feels active, energetic, and busy (without being crowded). The only discernable changes I noticed were new tables and different beers. Even the sign outside is just World of Beer flipped backwards.

But on to the important stuff – beer. Like the other Crazy Mountain locations his one has the year-rounders,  but differs due to its new-ness with only a handful of the Local’s Stash beers. A previous post discussed Crazy Mountain’s regular lineup, and in Cherry Creek my favorite of the Locals Stash was the barrel-aged pumpkin which contained a little pumpkin, a little caramel, a little boozy-ness, and a lot of complex rich 20170526_192644_HDRflavors nicely blended together. According to the staff, they are ramping up production of their own Locals Stash lineup so stay tuned! However between their own offerings plus guest beers (currently featuring Renegade) nobody will feel disappointed.

A few notes specific to the location: Crazy Mountain does not offer food but there are loads of places in the surrounding strip malls from which you can order. Parking can look difficult but a parking garage exists under the surface lot. And don’t get worried about those “2-hour” signs. Apparently a recent lawsuit ended with the complex not enforcing them til 48 hours.

Hilly Southeast Ride

This ride packs in a lot of beers and a fair amount of riding, taking you from Glendale to Aurora via Cherry Creek State park using mostly paved trails. There are several big hills and it is exposed so riders need to be in decent shape and keep an eye on the weather.

The ride starts in Glendale at Bull & Bush Brewery , a British-style venue that offers good parking, nice outdoor seating, food, and of course beer! Bull & Bush has been making beer for 20 years and offers a broad range of house-brewed styles along with bottles and drafts from domestic and British brewers. We visited with a large group and the servers were extremely accommodating and efficient, juggling beer and food orders and getting everything right.

From there we crossed the street and headed south on the Cherry Creek Trail til we turned left at Place Bridge Academy, then right onto a trail that aligned us with E Florida Ave and our first big hill of the day. This portion requires the only (brief) street-riding of the day and after crossing Parker Road and turning left on the sidewalk we quickly arrived at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. In comparison with Bull and Bush, Copper Kettle is a stripped-down craft brewery. The taproom and patio are smaller and food comes from takeout or food trucks. However the focus on beer remains and Copper Kettle keeps crowd-pleasers on tap like the light Helles, an IPA or two, and of course their Mexican Chocolate Stout. They also roll out seasonal and experimental beers so you may luck into something adventurous. Continue reading “Hilly Southeast Ride”

Now Opening: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company Taproom!

20170526_192644_hdr.jpgIn a quick turnaround, the space in Glendale formerly belonging to World of Beer has re-opened a little over a week as the Crazy Mountain Cherry Creek Taproom. Given the fast re-open the space can’t have changed much but now the offerings feature Crazy Mountain year-round beers and Local Stash seasonals plus guest beers from other craft breweries. Still no food, but non-beer drinkers will appreciate the wine and cocktail options. Crazy Mountain also acquired the also-closed Lakewood World of Beer location in Belmar in Lakewood and plans a similar taproom shortly.